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Kováts, Mihály, fabricy (1724-1779) to Edward Hand [in Latin]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01450.169.03 Author/Creator: Kováts, Mihály, fabricy (1724-1779) Place Written: Fredrickstown, Virginia Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 30 March 1779 Pagination: 1 p. : address : docket ; 32.3 x 19.2 cm.

Summary of Content: There are multiple spellings for the Hungarian creator of this document. Signs this letter "Michael de Kowatz," but is also known as Michael Kovats de Fabricy or simply Michael Kovats. He was a Colonel in the Continental Calvary and was killed 11 May 1779 defending Charleston, South Carolina. Written to Brigadier General Hand. Seems to be writing about an attack that was defended, but this is a quick translation. In postscript mentions a man named David Lewy, who seems to have delievered the letter. Kovats is celebrated as a Hungarian patriot for his service and sacrifice in the war.

Background Information: Kovats travelled from his homeland to Paris where Benjamin Franklin facilitated his arrival to America to serve with the Continental Army in the Pulaski Legion. Famously wrote to Franklin that "...Golden freedom cannot be bought with Yellow Gold." About 140 Hungarians fought in the war with the Americans. See More


Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Global History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyImmigration and MigrationMilitary HistoryRevolutionary WarBattleCavalryContinental ArmyJudaism

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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